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Receiving the James B. Morris Scholarship is truly a blessing to me.  It shows that all my hard work is not for nothing.  This Scholarship is an investment in education of receiving my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and aides in building my educational foundation.
My educational goals are to receive a Master’s Degree in Nursing, furthering my education with a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice with a minor in Holistic medicine.  My specialty areas will be Obstetrician & Gynecology and family practice.  
By awarding me the James B. Morris scholarship, not only lightened my financial burden, but allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect of school and learning.  Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.  I am deeply appreciative of your support.
Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.

~ Alyssa T. Carter

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James B. Morris Sr. was a leader and a role model for his generation of African Americans living in Iowa. A graduate of Hampton Institute in Virginia, J.B. became one of the first African American officers during World War I through the Colored Officers Training Program at Fort Des Moines. After the war, Attorney Morris settled in Des Moines and emerged as one of the city's most influential black leaders. He was the editor and publisher of Iowa's oldest black newspaper, The Iowa Bystander, from 1922-1972. In 1925, he helped found the Negro Bar Association, now known as the National Bar Association. J.B. and his wife, Georgine, were staunch supporters of civil rights, and Georgine founded the Iowa State Conference of the NAACP in 1939. J.B. was a charter member, as well as serving as president of that organization.

 

A group of Des Moines community leaders established the James B. Morris Scholarship Fund in 1978 in honor of James and Georgine Morris for their contribution to law, journalism and the civil rights movement.

 
If you have a scholarship you would like the Morris Board of Directors to administer for you , please feel free to contact the Fund Administrator at:

James B. Morris Scholarship Fund, Inc.
P. O. Box 12145
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 864-0922  Fax: (515) 864-0922
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